Even school children have stopped making New Year resolutions.
You know that you will break those at the earliest opportunity.
And it is designed to make you feel inadequate and terrible.
The next best thing around this year is to make a wish list of all the things you desire that should happen to you.
Of course, they never happen.
But, you don’t feel miserable as you never expected them to come true.
It is a no-win, no-lose situation.
Hugely predictable- utterly boring.
A bucket list is a list of all the goals you want to achieve, dreams you want to fulfil and life experiences you desire to experience before you die.
Even if you frequently live by goals or to-do lists, they are probably framed within a certain social context e.g. performance, career, health. A bucket list opens up the context. It’s a forum to set anything and everything you’ve ever wanted to do, whether it’s big, small or random.
Imagine that you have only one year to live.
Only 365 days; 52 weeks
What would you do ?
Here’s a list of all the things you must do to make this year the most rewarding-even if you die after one year, you will have no regrets.
They are in random order:
- Travel Alone
It can be scary traveling alone, especially when you’ve never done it before.
The greatest reward of solo travel is that each time you travel, you learn to become a little more independent, confident, and tune in with your emotions and desires.
- Do something that scares you like an adventure sport
The experience is unreal and one that is usually not forgotten.
While the experience may only last for a short duration, those few minutes will be some of the most memorable ones in your life.
- Volunteer at an NGO
Volunteering work is one of the best ways to get exposed to a new medium of helping other people.
It doesn’t have to be some grand act. As long as you are offering a part of yourself you are in fact volunteering.
- Be a Mentor To Someone
Teaching is one of the most rewarding things we can do. No matter how old you are, even if you are in your teens, you are always in the position to mentor someone else.
Mentoring others is also a great way for you to develop yourself and have someone look up to you.
- Spend at least one night in the Kerela backwaters on a house boat
Cruise through luscious palm trees in Kerala on a traditional house boat, which has to be one of the most relaxing and beautiful experiences in the whole of India.
- Go trekking in Himachal Pradesh and discover incredible India
The mountains of have countless opportunities for spectacular trekking and many villages and towns that have become popular traveler hangouts. Manali has adventurous activities including paragliding that offers the most amazing views of the valleys.
- Witness the unique India-Pakistan border ceremony in Wagah
The flag hoisting and gate closing ceremony at the Wagah border is an amazing display of an under-the-breath agreement of friendship between India and Pakistan.
- Crash a wedding just for the thrill of it
Tonnes of free food and free booze (and maybe even single men/women) are closer than you think.
- Buy Pizza for the pizza delivery person
This is not something that you would put on your to-do list but such a rare act of kindness would make his day and yours too when you when you see how he reacts to the good news.
- Offer a lift to a stranger and get to know them
Who says that there needs to be a reason to start a friendship? A connection can start anytime, anywhere, in any way. Many great friendships formed that started off from the most random of situations.
- Try the Bhut Jolakia, one of the spiciest chillies in the world from Assam
This Assamese chilli is one of the hottest in the world. It Tops the Scoville unit’s charts (Scoville is a measurement of the pungency spicy heat of chilli peppers).
Do you think you can handle it?
- Get intoxicated at the nasik wine tour
With a presence over 50 wineries, Nashik’s vineyards are known to be one of the best in the world. You don’t need to head over to Napa Valley(USA) for wine tasting any more.
- Volunteer with the monks at Sikkim Monasteries
It is the art of giving and peace that the monks of Sikkim know well and they also have their own kind of fun. Head over for a stay at a monastery and volunteer with them; let yourself evolve as a human being.
- River rafting in Rishikesh
Whether you’re seeking to become calm in the arms of nature, or wondering where the best place to satisfy your never-ending demand for adrenaline rush for adventure would be, or hoping to spend some quiet time alone on the banks of arguably the holiest river of the world, look no further. Your search for the perfect getaway ends in Rishikesh.
- Take a ride on a hot air balloon
These are originally thought of as something to do abroad.
Some destinations in India have conceptualised this facility even though they have taken their own sweet time. These rides showcase some amazing sceneries so if you plan to do it get ready for one of the most unique rides of your life.
- Throw a surprise birthday party for your spouse
The idea of keeping it a secret makes it fun. Seeing your spouse’s reaction to the surprise is a memory worth capturing.
- Rent a limousine for a day
Ideally, do it on your anniversary. Your spouse will find new love for you.
- Fly first class
This is an amazing experience. It will cost you a bomb, but you are not saving for the next year (remember, you are living only this year!)
- Go for an African safari
The Masai Mara in Kenya is Africa’s most diverse, incredible and most spectacular eco-system and possibly the world’s top safari destinations.
- Take a ride on a Gondola in Venice
Gondola Rides in Venice is one of the trademark sightseeing tours of Venice by boat.
These Gondola Rides gives you access to visit parts of the city that are only accessible by this type of transport.
- Visit the Taj mahal Again
Yes, we all know that 99% of us have seen it at least once in our life.
But so what? (You are living only till December 31st 2017)
- Attend The Coachella music festival
Coachella is one of the biggest and most famous music festivals in the United States and in the world. People gather in the Coachella Valley desert and dress to impress with Coachella fashion, which includes the notable flower crowns.
In 2016, Coachella brought in hundreds of artists including Guns N’ Roses, LCD Sound system and Calvin Harris, who were the headliners.
- Play Poker at Las Vegas
This city’s reputation is obvious, and the vast majority of visitors come for the gambling, world-class dining, entertainment, and frenetic 24/7 action that outpaces every other U.S. city in terms of raw energy.
So why not try your luck at the casinos.
- Get a tattoo
Marking and changing your body is the ultimate form of self-expression, and tattoos are a relatively cheap and creative way to tell the world who you are and what you believe.
- Go see the Northern Lights
The Northern Lights are one of nature’s great displays, a free, multicolored light show that is most commonly seen in the Arctic regions. Every performance is different, a beautiful, shifting dance of nocturnal rainbows that many viewers find a humbling and spiritually uplifting experience.
- Watch one IPL match live
Watching IPL matches on TV is good. Watching the match at the stadium is electric. The music, the crowd and to top it all good cricket.What more can you ask?
- Play Holi this year
You played Holi with colours when you were a kid. Bring back that child in you. And to just feel that you are an adult- indulge in old fashioned “Bhang”. You cannot be more alive than this. We know that you have stopped playing Holi long back.
- Try Japanese food
Why only Japanese. Try Korean, Thai, Malaysian, Gujarati, Bengali.Do not repeat a restaurant or an eating place this year. You may not like some of them. (I just don’t like Sushi !)But your taste buds will have so many stories to tell.
Life is too short – and you are not likely to get out of it alive.
Make every day count.
Wishing you a year like a Champagne- full of fizz & sparkle, which bubbles over with happiness for you and your loved ones.
Ps: Kindly send me new ideas to add to my bucket list. We shall share all your good ideas to make our lives truly blessed.